If you watched the AFC Divisional Round game between the Chiefs and the Bills, you know the importance of speed in an offense. Tyreek Hill made several huge plays in this game and Buffalo had no response.
The Raiders had a similar player in Henry Ruggs III, who was one of the NFL’s top deep threats earlier in the season. However, he won’t be returning to the league anytime soon for obvious reasons.
So should the Raiders go back to the drawing board and seek more team speed in this year’s draft? That’s exactly what Pro Football Focus had them done in their latest simulation project of 2022.
Trevor Sikkema had them select Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams. Here’s why Sikkema thinks he would be a perfect fit for the Raiders next year:
“Take out the ACL injury late in the season, and Williams probably goes a lot higher than that. But even though there’s a good chance he’ll miss part of his rookie season in the NFL due to a cure out of detox, Williams has a rare athletic ability to stretch the field and get yards after the catch.The Raiders need a young element of speed at receiver.
Williams likely won’t be ready for the start of the season due to his knee injury, but he has the rare speed to scare teams deep in the field. This is the missing piece to the Raiders’ attack and they would be wise to select Williams and wait for him to recover, assuming he manages to pick the No.22.
Williams would solve so many problems the Raiders have on offense because he is the best vertical threat in this draft. Don’t be surprised if the Raiders are very interested in Williams throughout the draft process.